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The Medical Sciences Internal Fund Bridging Salary Scheme provides short-term awards to cover the salary costs of research staff at postdoctoral and early career researcher levels, who are currently funded on external research grants, while they seek long-term support, also from external sources.

It is essential that applicants read the FAQs before applying to this fund. 


The Bridging Salary Scheme provides funding to support the salary of postdocs and early career researchers between external grants. 


To be eligible to apply researchers must be a current employee externally funded and bridging to another external grant.

Researchers must not be 

  • bridging from startup packages regardless of funding source
  • bridging to non-medical research e.g. BBSRC or Leverhulme funding
  • bridging from or to internally held grants


This bridging support will normally be for a maximum of three months (FTE).  Longer periods of support may be considered in exceptional circumstances. It is accepted that researchers may have to wait considerable lengths of time after submission until the start date of any external research grant awarded.

Reflecting the intention to support postdoctoral and early career researchers, awards are capped at a maximum of £16,608 (3 months employer cost at Grade 8.10).

The Medical Sciences Internal Fund Bridging Salary Scheme will normally fund contributions to the total employer cost of salaries only, and will not fund consumables or other non-staff research costs under this scheme.

The Medical Sciences Internal Fund looks favourably on applications where there is evidence that the department is also prepared to prioritise the application by making a contribution to the total cost of cover. Bridging support applications can only be submitted to the Medical Sciences Internal Fund on or after the date on which external funding applications for long-term salary support are submitted.

Applications, scores and reviewer comments may be shared with other internal University panels to ensure maximum value for money.

How to apply

Please submit your application online via the Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS).

Guidance on IRAMS in the form of quick reference guide (QRG) documents for applicants, departmental approvers and administrators can be found on Research Support pages.

Applications must be reviewed online for eligibility and departmental support by departmental approvers and, where approved, submitted to the Committee for review. 

To demonstrate that applications have been submitted for external research grants, applications for bridging salary support must include the front page and the scientific and lay summaries of the external grant application(s) that have been submitted. These must be combined with your case for support and uploaded on IRAMS as a single PDF. A full copy of the grant application or a lengthy outline of the science is not required. 

If an extension of awarded Medical Sciences Internal Fund bridging support is required due to delays in the start of anticipated external funding then a new application will need to be submitted to the next available round of the Medical Sciences Internal Fund.


It is acknowledged that applications for external grants are subject to external deadlines and consequently there is no deadline for bridging salary applications. Application outcomes are returned within six weeks of submission.

Please read the FAQs